BALDWIN CENTER INC

Rating: 4.75 stars   44 reviews

Issues:

Location: 212 Baldwin Ave PO BOX 420700 Pontiac MI 48342 USA

Mission: feed, clothe, educate and empower the disadvantaged of Pontiac
Results: The Baldwin Center operates a menu of programs serving our neighbors from the very youngest to the very oldest. In cooperation with other local agencies and with the help of local congregations, volunteers and a large amount of in-kind contributions, Baldwin was able to offer assistance and support through the following projects and programs in 2011:   Feed • Baldwin Family Soup Kitchen – 66,405 meals were served in 2011 (43,835 lunches and 4,680 dinners). • Homeless Breakfast and Shower Program -men and women receive food and a hot shower. 7,246 breakfasts were served in 2011 and 589 showers were taken. • Youth Program- During the after school program (dinner and snack) and during the summer enrichment camp (breakfast, lunch and snack), children are fed. 9,040 meals were served in Baldwin's youth program in 2011. • Holiday Food Distribution - 621 families received four weeks' worth of food including fixings for a holiday meal in a basket at Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2011. • Food Recovery - Day old bread, baked goods and other fresh food items are collected six days a week by volunteers from area food markets, local farmers, and restaurants, for distribution to local families, free of charge. • Urban Garden- Baldwin has three gardening sites on its property; two traditional gardens and a 1,440 square foot hoophouse which provides year round gardening. Youth and other community members tend and harvest the garden. Food is used in the soup kitchen, sold at market and also brought home to the youth families. • Emergency Food Boxes- 43 boxes of emergency food were distributed to families in need. • Focus: HOPE Food Distribution Program - Once a month Pontiac senior citizens received a delivery of commodity food items. 1,650 boxes of food were delivered in 2011 • Summer Lunch- Baldwin, along with local partners, provided 1,879 summer lunches to area children. Clothe • Clothing Closet Program – 14,696 low income individuals and families visited the Clothing Closet in 2011. They received clean clothing, sheets, blankets and small house hold items free of charge. Victims of fires, residents of the local domestic violence and substance abuse shelters also used the facility. 88 HAVEN clients, the local domestic violence shelter, used the clothing closet and an additional 45 residents of local substance abuse shelters used the program. • Lighten Your Load – 339 individuals and families used the washers and dryers at the Baldwin to wash 1,404 loads of laundry in 2011. • Hats and Gloves- Hats and gloves are distributed to all at the soup kitchen throughout the winter months. 551 sets of hats and gloves were distributed in 2011. • Holiday Store Program – 1,315 low-income individuals received clothing and other gift items during the Christmas holiday. • Baby Food/Diaper Program – Donations of baby food and formula and 233 sets of diapers were passed on to clients who need temporary assistance feeding and diapering their babies. 37 newborn layettes were also distributed. • Feminine Hygiene- 187 women were provided with feminine hygiene products. • Back-to-School Program – 60 children received new school clothes, underwear, socks, and shoes to begin the school year; over 600 school bags filled with new school supplies were given out. Educate • After School Program – Open to elementary and middle school students Monday-Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., this program offers a hot meal, tutoring, and enrichment and recreation activities. Over 150 students were enrolled in the program and on average 35 children attended each day. • Summer Enrichment Day Camp – 63 children (1st-6th grades) participated in a seven-week summer program that included morning reading and math tutoring sessions and afternoon activities such as arts & crafts, outdoor sports, and field trips to museums, the beach and other local attractions. 47 children also spent a week at Camp Kinawind in Boyne Falls, Michigan; the older children went backpacking on South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan. • Trips for Kids- children were taken on mountain bike rides at area parks every other Saturday during the summer. • GED- Baldwin offers free computer based GED assistance. Four individuals received their GED certification. • ESL- Baldwin partners with Hispanic Education and Life Skills Program to offer English as a Second Language classes three times a week. Classes also include citizenship and computer instruction. Empower • Client Needs – In cooperation with other area human service agencies we help families and individuals with rent, utility bills, and other housing needs. $120,686 was distributed to families in need during 2011. • Pharmacy Assistance – Prescription cost for low-income clients who are unable to afford necessary medications. • Bicycles- 41 Bicycles were given to those needing transportation in 2011. • Case Management- In addition to meeting emergency financial needs Baldwin’s case manager helps individuals budget and reach out to other systems of support. • Justice for Our Neighbors- Baldwin hosts an immigration legal clinic for low-income residents once a month. • Alcoholics Anonymous – Meetings are on-site Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturdays. • Health Classes- Diabetes coaching and yoga classes were offered weekly. • Flu Shots, Health Screening- area health providers come to administer flu shots and conduct blood pressure and diabetes screening monthly. 55 flu shots were given at Baldwin. The Detroit Presbytery also sponsored a one-day health fair with a variety of health services offered. Significant accomplishments in 2011 include expanding our GED, fitness, wellness and urban gardening programs, being named a Charter One Champion in Action, and in 2011 Baldwin began offering evening meals twice a week. Baldwin also continues leveraging our relationship with Oakland University to strengthen our academic tutoring and expanding our fitness programs for youth. Additionally, a new relationship with Feed the Need began where area restaurants sponsor a meal in the soup kitchen 1-2 times a month.
Target demographics: The Baldwin Center serves the emergency basic needs of the poor in Pontiac. Pontiac encompasses zip codes 48340, 48341, 48342. Most of the people who receive services at Baldwin live in zip code 48342. Baldwin serves the very young through the very old. The neighborhood (census tract 1417), in which the Baldwin Center is located and the City of Pontiac are home to a large proportion of disadvantaged families and individuals.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 50,000+
Geographic areas served: Pontiac, Michigan
Programs: Today Baldwin’s mix of programs include the Family Kitchen which provides meals seven days a week; the clothing closet which provides used clothing to approximately 100 individuals a day; and the youth center where more than thirty-five youth gather each day after school and in the summer for academic support, a warm meal and engaging enrichment opportunities. The Center also provides laundry facilities, commodity distribution to low-income seniors, health screenings, healthy living classes, household items for fire victims, GED preparation, a holiday gift and food program, case management services and homeless prevention financial assistance for those facing evictions or utility shutoffs. In 2010 Baldwin has expanded its urban garden program to include a 1,440 square foot hoophouse that provides year-round growing opportunities and now hosts an English as a Second Language school.
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Rating: 4 stars  

It was privileged to help serve dinner last Thursday night at the Baldwin Center. By serving those wonderful people, I received much more than I gave. Franklin Community Church, Franklin, Mi will continue to do all we can for the Baldwin Center.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Baldwin Center is a wonderful resource in Pontiac, Michigan offering hope to those who need a little help. It is a place that welcomes people who need a warm meal, a warm coat, or a warm smile. Through the educational programs adults are earning their GED and children are beginning their education with added support from teachers at the center.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have observed people standing in line waiting for food to be served and then watched them leave after having been served a hot meal.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would increase the computer training available and increase the outreach to corporations for funding.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Neighbors.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Baldwin Center is an example of what can be done when people come together to build community. The center empowers members through the value of dignity and respect that all are treated with who enter the doors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My commitment to giving back to the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide additional support to their education and nutrition programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been serving as a Board Member to The Baldwin Center for over a year. I have seen first hand the commitment, compassion and dedication the Baldwin staff and its volunteers give to their clientele. The Baldwin Center is more then a place where people can get three meals a day, counseling and financial assistance; but rather a place where people come to learn the skills to empower themselves to make a difference in their lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing each month how many more people the Baldwin Center services, the number of new offering the center provides.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help increase their funding, identify and encourage individuals to volunteer their time at the center.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am highly impressed at the number of services Baldwin Center provides for those who are under-served in the community of Pontiac, MI. Adults enjoy ESL and fitness classes. They receive emergency funding when monies are available. And, the homeless are provided opportunity to have showers, birthday gifts, layettes for new babies, and clothing from Baldwin's Clothing Closet. Youth receive tutoring, day camp, trips, back-to-school backpacks, and special events among many educational and fun programs. We have a connection with Oakland University that gives them vision into the future and hope for success. Meals are served to hundreds of people daily. Lunches and breakfasts are hearty and generous. Almost all programs on site include a meal. Baldwin enjoys the services of thousands of volunteers from all walks of life. When I retired two years ago, I left my heart with the people on staff and especially those we served.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my counseling sessions where people learned much about relating to others and managing in the community. Life skills were taught and demonstrated to me by behavior management as well as progress within family and work settings. I have received notes and letters of thanks for taking time to be caring and encouraging.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage people to give more of their time to the administration of the agency. By this, I mean enlarge the Board of Directors with skilled people and suggest that a structure be created wherein mature employees could offer their funding and financial skills. These areas are crucial and deserve compensation.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through Americorps at Oakland University.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Feed and equip the poor and under served in Pontiac, MI

What is its top priority in the long run?

Guide people into being independent and prioritizing their choices in life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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